WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jack Ebeler, President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, issued the following statement on new health plan rankings released today by US News & World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA):
“There is a lot of talk about transparency in health care these days. The U.S. News rankings offer an excellent example of the quality information that employers, government programs and consumers need to evaluate health plans.
“Differentiating high-quality plans from mediocre ones is especially important given the serious quality gaps that exist in our health care system, the complexity of treating chronic diseases, and increased attention to preventive care.
“Health plans have been measuring and publicly reporting their performance on clinical quality and customer satisfaction measures for nearly a decade. The rankings bring this quality information to the forefront like never before by consolidating all the measures into a single ranking and publishing the results in U.S. News.
“We’re delighted that ACHP members have again this year been recognized for the high-quality care they deliver to consumers in the commercial, Medicare and Medicaid markets,” Ebeler concluded.
Four ACHP members are ranked among the top 10 commercial health plans: ConnectiCare/HIP Health Plan of New York (6th); UPMC Health Plan (7th); Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (8th); Independent Health (9th).
Four ACHP members are ranked among the top 10 Medicare health plans: Capital Health Plan (4th); Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Southern California (5th); Fallon Community Health Plan (7th); Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest (10th).
Three ACHP members are ranked among the top 10 Medicaid health plans: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Hawaii (3rd); Independent Health (5th); UPMC Health Plan (8th).
ACHP is a leadership organization that brings together innovative health plans and provider organizations that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care to their communities. Drawing on years of experience, members collaborate to share strategies and work toward solutions to some of health cares biggest challenges. Their work is the foundation for ACHP’s advocacy on behalf of better health care nationally. More information is available at www.achp.org.